9.04.2013

Non-Fiction Book Reviews

Most people think I'm a fiction-only reader, but I do try and slip in the occasional non-fiction read, just to mix it up and keep it interesting. Here's a few that have crossed my nightstand lately...



Peking to Paris by Dina Bennett is just such a fantastic cover, how can you *not* want to read about an antique car race from, you guessed it, China to France? I have to admit, though, I lost interest partway through, with all the minutiae about the car, and the lack of exploration by the couple, as they had to stay on course and on time. I was hoping for a more Michael Palin-esque travelogue and was mighty disappointed. :-( 

Switch by Chip and Dan Hilderbrand was a title that was mentioned in some seminar or other I attended, and I was intrigued by the simple way in which they explain how change is hard, and how to make it easier. I always like the "real life" examples best in books like these - lots of little tidbits to nibble on here!

Bootstrapper by Mardi Jo Link just has such a great subtitle : "From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm". As someone who counts upper Michigan as the best places on earth, I wanted to read this! (note, her farm is near Traverse City, though, NOT the Upper Peninsula!). Still, this is a great story of a divorcee with three boys, trying to live on next to nothing - literally farming for food, dancing around bills, hoping to keep her small farm, and making it all work one way or another. This is one of those books that makes you grateful for what you have - but has a happy ending. :-)

Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin is the follow-up to her first book, The Happiness Project. She again embarks on a twelve-month program to improve things, focusing on one topic a month, so it's easy to read, interesting, and makes you think of what YOU can do to make yourself happier!

Wealth Watchers by Alice Wood was a must-read because I heard Alice speak at ALA about her experience, and was really interested. After suffering brain damage in a plane mishap, Alice went from being a high-powered attorney to someone who was forgetful and absent-minded...and absolutely clueless about money. Thus, she equated spending money to spending points on Weight Watchers, and came up with this formula. A really simple book, but with great information and the accompanying app is good too!


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